Friday, December 19, 2003

Iraqi scientists

The US has recently put in place a program to employ Iraqi scientists:

The Bush administration yesterday announced a program to spend up to $22 million over the next two years to find nonmilitary jobs for Iraqi scientists, researchers and technicians who had worked on Saddam Hussein's chemical, nuclear and biological weapons programs.

State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the purpose of the program is twofold: to tap the talents of the scientists in the reconstruction of Iraq and to prevent them from selling their skills to hostile states or terrorist groups abroad.

"This is a program to put people to work, to give them more productive uses of their expertise and their energy than work on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction programs," Mr. Boucher said.

Couldn't we have done this months ago?


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